Winning writers celebrated at 68th Palanca Awards ceremony

Thirteen-time Palanca winner and 2001 Hall of Famer, Alfred “Krip” Yuson was conferred the Gawad Dangal ng Lahi award at the 68th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature for his contributions to the advancement of Philippine literature. With him are (from left) Sylvia Palanca-Quirino, Carl Anthony Palanca and Criselda Cecilio-Palanca. Yuson was the speaker and guest of honor in the annual literary awards in a ceremony recently held at The Manila Peninsula.

It was a night of celebrating literary excellence as the 68th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature honored the authors of the competition’s winning entries recently at the Peninsula Manila in Makati City.

A total of 54 writers, 28 of which were first-time awardees, were chosen as this year’s batch of winners. Two authors each bagged prizes in two separate categories. A total of 20 regular categories were opened this year. The winning entries were evaluated and chosen by an elite roster of literary personalities from various fields.

This year’s awarding ceremony had as Speaker and Guest of honor multi-awarded writer Alfred “Krip” Yuson. He was conferred the Gawad Dangal ng Lahi for his contributions to the Philippine literary scene, including novels, poetry collections, short fiction, essays, and children’s stories. Yuson is a recipient of 13 Palanca Awards across various categories and was elevated to the Palanca Hall of Fame in 2001.

Named after businessman and philanthropist Don Carlos Palanca Sr., the Palanca Awards continuously seeks to cultivate Philippine Literature by providing incentives for writers and serving as a treasury of these literary gems. It is considered the gold standard in writing excellence, highly-coveted by Filipino writers, young and old alike.

Following is the list of winners of the 68th Palanca Awards:

KABATAAN DIVISION

KABATAAN SANAYSAY

1st Prize       Jack Lorenz Acebedo Rivera        Paglaya Mula sa Pagtakas

2nd Prize      Jacob Renz R. Ambrocio             Sino ang Lumansag sa Lunday ni Lola Basyang?

3rd Prize       Maria Jamaica S. Columbres       Gulugod sa Pagsibol ng Binhi

 

KABATAAN ESSAY

1st Prize       Floriane T. Taruc                         Worlds Behind Words

2nd Prize      Jaz Varon Villanueva                   Boundless

3rd Prize       Jana Gillian Ang                          A Passage to Reading

 

FILIPINO DIVISION

MAIKLING KUWENTO

1st Prize       Eugene C. Soyosa                      Gina

2nd Prize      Andrew A. Estacio                       Ang Kanonisasyon ng mga Santa Santino

3rd Prize       Luna Sicat Cleto                          Tatlong Proposisyon ng Puting Hangin

 

MAIKLING KUWENTONG PAMBATA

1st Prize       Jerwin Eileen G.C. Tarnate          Ang Higad at ang Paru-paro

2nd Prize      Eugene Y. Evasco                       Siyap ng Isang Sisiw

3rd Prize       Early Sol A. Gadong                    Maraming-Maraming-Marami

 

SANAYSAY

1st Prize       Engr. Gil A. Dulon Jr.                   Amoral Ang Siyensya Subalit May Boses Din Ang Mga Maso

2nd Prize      Adelma L. Salvador                     Kambak-kambak

3rd Prize       Iza Maria G. Reyes                     Hindi Ako Dalisay

 

TULA

1st Prize       Paul Alcoseba Castillo                 Luna’t Lunas

2nd Prize      Mark Anthony S. Angeles            Ang Babae sa Balangiga at iba pang Tula

3rd Prize       Noel Galon                                  Ang Bata sa Panahon ng Ligalig: Mga Tula

sa loob at labas ng Bayan ng San Diego

TULA PARA SA MGA BATA

1st Prize       Paterno B. Baloloy Jr.                  Paumanhin ng Kuting

2nd Prize      Will P. Ortiz                                 Himbing na Kuting at iba pang Tula sa Ilalim

                                                  ng Araw

3rd Prize       Noel P. Tuazon                           Klik Madyik

 

DULANG MAY ISANG YUGTO

1st Prize       Michelle Josephine G. Rivera       Kaharian ng Pinto

2nd Prize      Maynard Gonzales Manansala     Tao Po

3rd Prize       Allan B. Lopez                             River Lethe

 

DULANG GANAP ANG HABA

1st Prize       WALANG NAGWAGI

2nd Prize      WALANG NAGWAGI

3rd Prize       Rolin Cadallo Obina                     San Nicolas (Ang Sarsuwela)

 

DULANG PAMPELIKULA

1st Prize       James Ladioray                           11 Septembers

2nd Prize      Arden Rod B. Condez                  John Denver Trending

3rd Prize       Andrian M. Legaspi                     Pandanggo sa Hukay

 

REGIONAL DIVISION

SHORT STORY – CEBUANO

1st Prize       Januar E. Yap                             Baradero

2nd Prize      Dave T. Pregoner.                       Sunog

3rd Prize       Leoncio P. Deriada                      Dili Baya ko Bugoy

 

SHORT STORY – HILIGAYNON

1st Prize       Early Sol A. Gadong                    Sa Lum-ok Sang Imo Suso

2nd Prize      Alice Tan Gonzales                     Haya

3rd Prize       Dulce Maria V. Deriada                Candelaria

 

SHORT STORY – ILOKANO

1st Prize       Ariel Sotelo Tabag                       Gasanggasat

2nd Prize      Paul Blanco Zafaralla                   Sarming

3rd Prize       Jaime M. Agpalo Jr.                    Nakakidem-a-Simumulagat

 

ENGLISH DIVISION

SHORT STORY

1st Prize       Joe Bert Lazarte                         Describe the Rapture

2nd Prize      Francis Paolo M. Quina               Pigs

3rd Prize       Matthew Jacob F. Ramos            The Final Bullet

 

SHORT STORY FOR CHILDREN

1st Prize       NO WINNER

2nd Prize      NO WINNER

3rd Prize       Maryrose Jairene Cruz-Eusebio   I have Two Mothers

 

ESSAY

1st Prize       Jefry Canoy                                Buhay Pa Kami: Dispatches from Marawi

2nd Prize      Ronnie E. Baticulon                     Some Days You Can’t Save Them All

3rd Prize       Chuck D. Smith                           Origin Story

 

POETRY

1st Prize       Rodrigo V. Dela Peña Jr.             Self-portrait with Plastic Bag

2nd Prize      Shane Carreon                            The Gods who Dissolved under our

                                                                      Tongues and other Poems

3rd Prize       Jose Luis B. Pablo                       To Desire in Liturgy

 

POETRY WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN

1st Prize       Maria Amparo Nolasco Warren    Lola Elina Maria’s Savory-Sweet Cookbook

                                                                      of Poetry

2nd Prize      Sigrid Marianne P. Gayangos       Of Monsters, Math and Magic

3rd Prize       Roselle Eloise B. Bunayog           Brave, Undying Warriors

 

ONE-ACT PLAY

1st Prize       Katrina M. Bonillo                        Burying Mamang in Sugar

2nd Prize      Joe Bert Lazarte                         Senator Pancho Aunor’s Blue Balls of

Despair and Disillusionment

3rd Prize       Luciano Sonny O. Valencia          Leavings

 

FULL-LENGTH PLAY

1st Prize       Beryl Andrea P. Delicana             Mango Tree

2nd Prize      Patrick James M. Valera              Symphony

3rd Prize       Dominique La Victoria                  Toward the Fires of Revolution

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